THE National Doctors Association says Papua New Guine must protect its young doctors as much as possible from life-threatening situations.
President Dr James Naipao said this following the killing of a young paediatrician last weekend in Port Moresby.
The doctor was bound for James Cook University, for a post graduate course this year, when he was found dead on the road near church at North Waigani.
Dr Naipao referred to unnecessary deaths caused by tribal fights, revenge paybacks, domestic violence, sorcery, poverty and jealousy.
They would stagnant the society, economy, personal, spiritual and political development, he added.
The brutal attack on the young doctor had been condemned by many and in the strongest terms possible by the doctors union which described it as a national loss and to the medical fraternity.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa shared the sentiments. "This was a very inhumane act by the culprits as the person they had killed is a doctor who saves lives in and gives lives."
Dr Naipao said it takes 25 years for the National Government to produce a first-class specialist medical doctor.
"The country needs a lot of doctors to come out of the medical schools. It needs at least 300 graduates every year to serve the rural majority and urban minority adequately," he said.
"The loss of this doctor is a burden to sick children of this nation."
Mr Bawa wants the community to come forward with information that would help police arrest suspects.
"This was just senseless, unnecessary killing and I want the public to help the police with information so we put the suspects behind bars as soon as possible."